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An Attitude of Gratitude

This week is theme week at TGIF CHALLENGES, so you can use the theme of gratitude to spark your creativity.  The designers have posted an amazing assortment of “Thank You” projects that you simply must see!  CLICK HERE to view our post and remember, we’d love to have you play along!

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The past few months have been so chaotic and I’m realizing that I’ve used very little of my Holiday catalog supplies so far.  I always need to create Thank You cards during the holidays.  We often have patients bring in baked goods and small tokens of appreciation.  It’s nice to have the thank you cards ready to go.  So for my inspiration card, I used traditional Holiday products to created a card that would work any time of the year.

All Things Thanks

The background paper is from the Merry Little Christmas Designer Series Paper pack.  I’m loving the Buffalo plaid, aren’t you?  I added a Foil Snowflake, some Real Red ribbon, and a few Black Rhinestone Jewels to accent the focal point.  The sentiment is from the All Things Thanks stamp set.  I find it to be incredibly versatile and one of my go-to stamp sets.

 

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Finally, I just want to tell you how thankful I am for these ladies above (and a few more that aren’t pictured).  They are amazingly creative and sweet.  I am truly blessed to know them and to get to work with them on a weekly basis in the TGIF Challenges.

Thanks so much for stopping by!

 

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#TGIFC132 Color Combo! So Neutral ~ Sahara Sand, Crumb Cake, Soft Suede

Normally relegated to the background or supporting role, the neutrals are taking center stage today in the Color Combo Challenge for TGIF Challenges.  We are using Sahara Sand, Crumb Cake, and Soft Suede as the main colors for our card creations.  You can check out what the other designers did with this combination HERE.


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I started by creating a background with die-cut squares of varying sizes and colors with the Stitched Shapes Framelits.  Don’t you just love how it creates a quilted look with the faux stitching around the edges?

Next, I stamped the “Thanks” sentiment from the Color Me Happy stamp set onto Whisper White cardstock with Tuxedo Black Mememto Ink.  I created an ombre effect with the coloring by using the new Crumb  Cake Stampin’ Blends.  The sentiment was fussy cut, then popped up with Stampin’ Dimensionals.  The new mini dimensionals were the perfect size for this focal point.

 

I stamped the “You” in Soft Suede ink by masking off the remaining part of the Thanks sentiment.  As a final touch, I added just a few of the White Perfect Accents.

     

As always you are invited to play along with our weekly challenges.  Make a card using the color combination of Sahara Sand, Crumb Cake, and Soft Suede, then upload it to our TGIF Challenge Blog.  We’ll announce the winner next Friday.

Thanks so much for stopping by!

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Technique Week – It’s a Fancy Fold!

Painted Harvest Z-Fold

 

We are featuring Z-fold cards on the TGIF Challenges blog this week.  There are several versions of z-folds floating around, but I’ll share the card stock dimensions with you that I used on my card.  This card is very easy to put together and you’ll certainly get a WOW from the recipient.

Card Base:  5-1/2″ x 11″, scored at 2-3/4″ and 5-1/2″

Designer Series Paper Card Layers:  5-1/4″ x 5-1/4″, and (2) 2-1/2″ x 5-1/4″

“Z-bar”:  1-1/4″ x 11″, scored at 2-3/4″ and 5-1/2″

“Z-bar” layers: 1″ x 5-1/4″, and (2) 1″ x 2-1/2″

insets:  (2) 1″ x 3-1/4″, scored at 1/4″ from each end

 

The bold and gorgeous paper I used on this card is from the Painted Autumn Designer Series Paper stack.  It coordinates with the Painted Harvest Stamp set.  I stamped the flowers in Crushed Curry, Daffodil Delight, and Early Espresso ink, then fussy cut them out.  Sadly, there is not a coordinating set of dies for this stamp set.  There is a leaf punch, though!  I stamped leaves in Garden Green ink onto Very Vanilla card stock and punched those out.  I also added a few Crumb Cake on Crumb Cake leaves that were fussy cut.

 

For the sentiments, I used the Stitched Shapes framelits to create the focal point of the card.  I swear, I use these dies on almost every project!  If you don’t have them, be sure to add them to your next order.

 

Our challenge is open for 1 week and you are invited to play along.  It’s always fun to try a new fancy fold and this one is a real show-stopper.

Check out what the other designers created this week to inspire you even more.

 

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Monday Montage 100

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Welcome to the 100th Blog Hop from the Monday Montage team!  This is the absolute best group of losers I’ve ever known.  LOL!

In all honesty, our group was formed in 2013 shortly after the Stampin’ UP! convention.  Back then, Stampin’ UP! selected 20 finalists for the annual Artisan Award.  Ten would join the Artisan Design Team and the other ten……well, that’s us!  We didn’t win the award, but we bonded and that has been a wonderful reward in itself.  These ladies continue to inspire and delight me with their creativity.  I treasure the friendships that we have developed over the last 4 years and I invite you to celebrate this huge milestone with us!

 

Pumpkin Spice Season

We’ve been experiencing Fall-like weather off and on for a few weeks.  Those cooler temperatures always signal the start of pumpkin-everything.  While I’m definitely a fan, it seems like pumpkin season gets longer and more outrageous every year.

I’m combining projects/challenges this week because of a neck injury.  I really shouldn’t be stamping or using the computer, but you only hit 100 once!  I’m using the sketch from TGIF CHALLENGES for my card layout.  This is another design team that I’m on with several of my “loser” and “winner” friends.  We have weekly challenges and you’re always welcome to play along!

 

Pumpkin Spice Season

Somehow, someway, I’m going to hold my Card Club meeting next week.  We will be using the Coffee Cafe Stamp Set, Merry Cafe Stamp Set, and Coffee Cups Framelits Dies to create 5 scrumptious projects.  This is my Fall-themed card featuring the Painted Autumn Designer Series Paper.  The stamping and die-cutting is rather straightforward.  I cut the pumpkins from another sheet of the Designer Series Paper to accent the card.

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There are 10 stops on this blog hop, so be sure to check out all of the amazing projects.

You can click the Back button to visit Kaitlyn or the Next button to visit Wendy.  Thanks again for celebrating with us!

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Whole Lots of Lovely #TGIFC 120 Sketch Challenge

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Hi Everyone!  I’ve been swamped at work the past few weeks so there hasn’t been much time to stamp lately.  Sadly, we’ve had several patients experience the loss of a family member within the last month and I am out of sympathy cards.  My husband let me know that my next stamping project needed to be restocking our sympathy cards at the office.  I needed something quick & easy, but still beautiful.  The Whole Lot of Lovely Designer Series Paper was a perfect fit with the sympathy greeting from the Rose Wonder stamp set.  I paired those two with this week’s sketch from TGIF Challenges to create this clean & simple card.

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I plan to recreate this card with multiple patterns of the Whole Lot of Lovely Designer Series Paper.  Here are the measurements that I used:

Polka Dots:  1″ x 4-3/4″

Floral:  2″ x 4″

Whisper White:  4-1/4″ x 11, scored at 5-1/2″ (card base)

Whisper White:  4″ x 5-1/4″ (front layer)

Sympathy TGIFC120

I stamped the greeting, label outline, and a couple of leaf images, then die cut with the Rose Garden Thinlits dies and the Big Shot.  An additional flower was die cut from Tangerine Tango to place behind the sentiment.  All in all, this card took just a few minutes to create.

Sympathy TGIFC120 close-up

If you love sketch challenges, color challenges, technique challenges, and more, be sure to check out the TGIF Challenges blog.  We post a new challenge each Friday and our designers are amazing with their inspiring projects.  You are welcome to upload your creations to our blog using the INLinkz at the end of each challenge.  We announce a winner every Friday, too!

Thanks so much for stopping by!

 

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